Welcome to the 46th Parliament.

Meet the new parliament.

Same as the old parliament.

Same lack of policy

Same dearth of ideas.

Same corruption (except much worse now FauxMo has surrounded himself with happy-clapper mates.)

Same demonisation of anyone FauxMo doesn’t like – which is everyone earning less than $200,000 a year.

Same plan to make the rich richer and kick the disadvantaged to the kerb.

What on earth will FauxMo find to do once his tax legislation has been passed? There’s precious little on the agenda. 

What will the media find to talk about when they are no longer able to make up crap about how Labor will vote?



1,491 thoughts on “Welcome to the 46th Parliament.

    • Given the Bozo is about to become Prime Minister of the UK, I think if the Queen dies during his reign, his crappy government would put too much pressure on Charles as King and eventually force him to abdicate for the lovely harmless cardboard cutout monarchy of William and Kate.

      Could still depend on the timing though. If the Queen dies a few years after Brexit and it’s turned out to be a disaster as predicted and the Mini-Trump is in the doldrums in popularity, the theoretical King Charles could have more sway in what happens.

  1. More on the private health insurance problem –

    Private health care facing ‘death spiral’ if young, healthy users abandon insurance, report says

    Funny how the government cannot seem to connect falling wages and salaries with the mass exodus from health funds, isn’t it.

    Health insurance is discretionary spending. You don’t really need it but the funds, the government, peer pressure and the media tell you it’s necessary. When you have a good income you can afford to pay the extortionate fees and the out-of-pocket expenses you are saddled with.

    When your income does not increase with inflation, or your weekend penalty rates are slashed twice, with more to come, or you lose your job thanks to government public service cuts or the death of yet another manufacturing industry then the first thing to go is that health cover. You just can’t afford to throw money away on something so useless.

    I don’t see why anyone wants private cover. I used to have it, once the full deal, then later just extra cover, and both times I ditched it because I realised it was not worth the money. It took a while but eventually I woke up to the rip-off. I wish others would.

    The funding our governments (Labor included) pour into propping up wealthy funds, mostly overseas-owned now, should be going into the public system.

  2. Leonetwo

    Re private health insurance. Personally I have never seen a need to have it, my dealing with Medicare has been marvelous. Even back in my younger and dumber sports days the long list of injuries suffered were all treated under Medicare with zero things to grizzle about when it came to treatment or waiting times. Summed up when I was stretchered off to hospital with a snapped Achilles tendon. Asked if I had private insurance i said no and asked what difference it made if I did. The nurse told me private got me a choice of doctor however that meant I’d have to wait for ? long but as a public patient I was to be operated on immediately.

    • Yes, the myth about private cover allowing to have the doctor of your choice is rubbish.

      Also – about fifteen years ago I needed gall bladder surgery. I was classified urgent, but that still meant a six week wit. I asked my surgeon if I would have had that op faster if I was privately insured. He said no, the only private hospital here did not have the equipment he needed so it was either the public base hospital or nothing.

      You’d have been spitting chips if you had been paying for private cover for years and couldn’t use it to get straight into the swanky private place and had to queue up with the plebs instead.

  3. One for BK. The Guardian had a photo feature of vintage Australian toys and…………………….

    Dawn Patrol Douglas constructor plane (1938, John Sands)

  4. Bloody hell! What is this doing being published in The Australian !? 🙂 Note the year is after the GFC so they might be even worse off than then. ( Use Incognito trick)

    Scott Morrison lauds the quiet Australians who carried the Coalition to victory, but there were plenty of poor Australians too.

    Despite booming house and share prices for a decade, the bottom third of households — about five million families — have less wealth than in 2009.

    Maybe they aren’t having a go, or maybe they just aren’t getting one. Either way, it’s a sad indictment of our economy that so many have done so badly.

    …………………………….The reality for the 70 per cent of households with much less than $1m in net assets, a few tables back, was a bit more sobering. “Less than $0” was almost the fastest-growing net wealth category — up 65 per cent to 127,000 households — just pipping “more than $10m” which was up 64 per cent to 58,600 since 2010. After enjoying 15 per cent growth in wealth over the six years to 2010, the bottom third of households — today worth an average of about $100,000 — went backwards by up to 12 per cent over the subsequent eight years.


  5. More on private health insurance – good article.

  6. No childten are on detention, says Dutton.

    Oh yeah?

    This baby was rushed to hospital after asylum seeker’s calls for help were ignored, says human rights lawyer.

    Asylum seeker’s baby rushed from Melbourne immigration detention centre to hospital with flu

    A human rights lawyer has accused the Federal Government of failing “in its duty of care” after a 15-month-old girl housed in a Melbourne immigration detention centre was hospitalised with the flu.

    Vietnamese asylum seeker Huyen Tran was put in detention about 20 months ago, when she was about 5 months pregnant with her daughter Isabella.

    Baby Isabella was born in detention and according to the pro-bono legal firm Human Rights for All, she has spent her entire life in detention.

    Ms Tran’s lawyer, Alison Battisson, told the ABC that Isabella’s mother had been complaining to staff at the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA) facility for several weeks that the 15-month-old had a fever, but those calls were ignored.

    Ms Battisson said an ambulance was called to MITA, at Broadmeadows in Melbourne’s north, on Friday evening.

    “It should not take somebody’s lawyer calling ambulance services for a baby’s temperature to be checked. It is just insane,” she said.

    Isabella, who is one of five children in detention at MITA, has been diagnosed with Influenza A


  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    David Crowe writes that Australia’s banks and superannuation funds will face tough new controls including extraordinary powers to veto top executives after a review of the peak financial regulator slammed its “culture of conformity”.
    Dana McCauley reports that Greg Hunt’s promised medical fee transparency website has hit a snag, with leading physicians warning they will not participate in a “meaningless” political exercise.
    Greg Jericho tells us how Treasury blaming a lack of ‘job switching’ for stagnant wages may have backfired.
    Sarah Martin reports that a growing number of Labor MPs are pushing for the party to adopt a bolder strategy on Newstart, with one saying the opposition needed to “show some guts” to pressure the government to lift the payment.
    Labor says it is the federal government, not the states, dragging the chain on infrastructure investment,
    Andrew Colvin has backed his officers’ actions in raiding media organisations last month but admitted police and government needed to work together to balance press freedom and the law.
    Meanwhile children and young adults who go to protests are the most likely Australians to have their phones tracked and monitored by police, a prominent security analyst has warned in a submission to an inquiry cybersecurity laws.
    The Queensland government has started prosecution proceedings in relation to information in Adani’s annual return for its Carmichael mine.
    Australia’s health care system is in urgent need of reform, according to a new report into private health insurance, which has declared the Federal Government is facing an impending crisis.
    Adele Ferguson explains where Graeme Samuel’s report into APRA calls for changes to APRA’s organisational structure, beefed up powers to ban directors and executives of regulated entities including super funds, more transparency in its policies and to lift its game when it comes to its obligations to members of the $2.7 trillion superannuation industry. How will it and the government respond?
    And the AFR says banks, insurers and super funds should brace themselves for significant increases in their cost of doing business as the prudential regulator responds to a highly critical review of its capabilities.
    Sally Whyte reports that law enforcement agencies are deleting metadata obtained in investigations before the Commonwealth Ombudsman has the chance to inspect it because of gaps in legislation.
    A review into whether Christopher Pyne breached ministerial standards by taking a job with consultancy EY is expected to report back before parliament sits next week.
    The tightening economy has led to a big increase in part-time jobs and it could be hurting young workers, in particular says The New Daily.
    The “drip feed” approach to the approval process of Snowy 2.0 projects is hiding the development’s full environmental impact, a conservationist has warned.
    Stuart Robert’s move to appeal an AAT decision, awarding an MS sufferer sexual therapy under the NDIS, reflects his own personal prejudices and not the standards of the community which he represents writes, Dr Jennifer Wilson.
    A US defence official has expressed concern that a small oil tanker which stopped transmitting its location after entering Iranian waters over two days ago, was seized by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
    “There’s not a racist bone in my body”, says Trump.
    The New York Times says, “If Donald Trump has a theory of anything, it is a theory of US citizenship. It’s simple. If you are white, then regardless of origin, you have a legitimate claim to US citizenship and everything that comes with it. If you are not, then you don’t.´
    On the basis is this report Clive Palmer earns a nomination for “Arsehole of the Week”.

    Cartoon Corner

    Two new ones from David Rowe.

    And he reminds us of an old one.

    Mark David’s back after a bit of a break. His poem is awesome!

    From Matt Golding.

    Cathy Wilcox on what there is to protest about.

    Fiona Katauskas posted this.

    Peter Broelman and Porline’s Ayers Rock.

    Zanetti also has a crack.

    Jon Kudelka and building cladding.

    From the US

    • The media finally realise how bad things are in drought-affected NSW.

      This idiotic brainfart from Local Government NSW president Linda Scott really disgusted me –

      Australians who live in metropolitan areas can provide some immediate relief, Ms Scott said.

      “It’s a wonderful time to travel and see regional NSW and support these communities. It’s the most practical way of communities in the city to support the regions.

      “Instead of going overseas, come to regional NSW and see the beautiful things on offer and inject some money into the communities.

      “This is a practical way for Sydney to support their neighbours in regional NSW.”

      No, drought affected towns do not need more tourists. tourists from the cities do not understand the need to be extremely careful with water. We dreaded the summer influx of tourists here last summer because we too are in drought. We know precious water storage levels plummet when these visitors arrive. Usually that doesn’t matter but this year it does. We are down to 60.5% capacity over our two storage dams, with no rain in sight and school holiday tourists happily wasting our supplies. Water here is pumped from the Hastings River. That river is currently too low for pumping, so what is stored has to last us until the next substantial rainfall. We have no idea how long this drought will last. The best way to help towns struggling with falling water supplies is ti stay away.

      Linda Scott lives in Sydney, is Deputy Mayor of Sydney City Council and, I’m ashamed to say, is Labor. She knows nothing about life in regional towns that depend on limited water supplies.

  8. Three cheers and a standing ovation for Mike Freelander!!!

    At last, someone in Labor has the guts and the intelligence to stand up to his leader and say Newstart has to be increased. No more vague statements about holding a review some time in the future, Freelander wants it done now.

    If only some more Labor MPs would get up the courage to say Labor needs to be a lot gutsier on everything else, instead of meekly voting with the government on everything. Like so many, I’m appalled by the way Labor has turned into the most timid and weakest of jellyfish since the election.

    The plight of those struggling to survive on Newstart is a very big stick just right for use in bashing this useless, mean-spirited government around its empty head.

    Labor needs to go hard on social issues now, make headlines about starving people on Newstart, the increasing numbers of homeless people (including families) and more, not hide under a rock for fear of upsetting some rusted-on conservatives. The social justice issues are only going to get worse under FauxMo, his government plans to reach that damn budget surplus by refusing to spend one extra cent on welfare. (Although busting the bottom line by giving more to part-pensioners screaming about deeming rates did not seem to matter. No doubt FauxMo and Ruston saw it as necessary to shore up their base.)

  9. The despicable ATM government – getting to that surplus by ramping up robodebt – for flood victims!

    Townsville flood victims hit by Centrelink robodebt program
    Townsville mayor says resuming welfare debt compliance operations will only make matters worse

    “You’ve got people who might have lost their homes or lost their belongings or lost their jobs as a result of the floods, they’re still dealing with all of that. They’re also dealing with the robodebt issue as well.”


    • Treasurer Josh Frydenberg appears likely to avoid a High Court challenge to his eligibility to sit in Parliament, after his potential challengers feared they would be “branded as anti-Semitic.”
      As exclusively reported on 10 News First on Tuesday, a Melbourne lawyer has prepared an extensive brief claiming Frydenberg is ineligible to sit in Parliament under Section 44(i) of the Constitution, claiming the treasurer he is a Hungarian citizen.

      Lawyer Trevor Poulton claims Frydenberg has been treated as a special case.

      “He is a Hungarian citizen and that is based on the fact that his mother was a Hungarian citizen,” Poulton told 10 News First.


  10. Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips has admitted she secretly worked for Cambridge Analytica on its controversial 2017 election campaign in Kenya.

    Ms Phillips – a prominent member of Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party and former Head of Media for Ukip – made the admission to Channel 4 News after initially strenuously denying any involvement with the disgraced data firm, and pressurising journalists to drop the story.

    She backtracked only after Channel 4 News obtained a recording of an interview from 2017 in which she confirms she had been employed by Cambridge Analytica to work for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    In a statement released to Channel 4 News last night, Ms Phillips admitted working for SCL, Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, on President Kenyatta’s successful re-election campaign.


  11. I’d like to ask someone else in regards to this – how is Mad as Hell this year? I’ve been so depressed about Australian politics that I haven’t watched it so far. Is it at all funny or fun to watch? Or is it just a show that joins in with the mirth of stomping on the neck of Labor for losing the election?

  12. Delusional idiots who need medication to manage their mental illness –

    Jesus said his followers should pay tax. Something about rendering unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s ……

    Question: “What does the Bible say about paying taxes?”

    Answer: In Matthew 22:17–21, the Pharisees asked Jesus a question: “‘Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?’ But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, ‘You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax.’ They brought Him a denarius, and He asked them, ‘Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied. Then He said to them, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.'” In full agreement, the apostle Paul taught, “This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor” (Romans 13:6–7)


    Therefore churches in Australia should pay tax. Right? Because Jesus said …..

  13. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    In quite a good article John Hewson says that the Reserve Bank needs to keep a distance from the government and its Treasury.
    The Coalition’s tax plan will make for a very different Australia – one that’s much less equal says Greg Jericho.
    Eryk Bagshaw reports that the $2.8 trillion superannuation industry is set for a showdown over one of the key recommendations of the royal commission, with hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake for the retirement incomes of workers.
    Commentators blaming Netflix for the failures of the NBN have got it wrong, writes Paul Budde. This is an excellent contribution.
    Elizabeth Knight explains how APRA’s got a problem with transparency – and it’s starting to cost.
    And Adele Ferguson says APRA’s internal culture and regulatory approach need to change.
    Karen Maley writes that Samuels’ report was meant to apply the blowtorch to the belly of APRA. But leading financiers think the criticisms are wrong and that super oversight has been skated over.
    But the AFR says Wayne Bryes’ response raises doubts about his willingness to fix all the weaknesses in the management and strategic priorities identified by the capability review.
    Things are on the boil on the waterfront.
    Phil Coorey says that the government’s Ensuring Integrity Bill harks back to a Brazilian dictatorship.
    “The LNG industry is booming. So why are we not getting the royalties?”, asks Mike Bruce.
    Lisa Martin writes on how Australia Institute has warned Australia should dramatically decrease its oil use to ward off a potential crisis by tightening fuel-efficiency standards, introducing electric vehicle targets and increasing public transport use.
    Environment minister Sussan Ley says public servants shouldn’t be concerned about their privacy in the face of an attempt by mining giant Adani to find the names of those giving advice on its applications.
    According to The Conversation’s Samantha Hepburn Adani has set a dangerous precedent in requesting scientists’ names.
    Is Clive Palmer a crook or what???
    Scott Morrison is expected to unveil a plan to boost jobs in regional Australia and turn the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector into a $100 billion industry by 2030.
    Aid groups warn Marise Payne’s delay in releasing a climate change strategy for the aid program is undermining efforts to improve ties with Pacific neighbours.
    Sarah Martin writes that large energy users would be paid to reduce their power demand at peak times under a proposed new rule for the sector aimed at boosting competition and reducing wholesale prices.
    Labor MPs are publicly warning Anthony Albanese not to abandon the party’s pledge to crack down on refundable franking credits, arguing the policy should be modified instead of dumped writes Michael Koziol.
    Nick Miller says that Theresa May has used her last major speech as Prime Minister to warn that “politics of winners and losers, of absolutes and of perpetual strife” has taken hold “and that threatens us all”. The descent of political debate into “tribal bitterness” and vile abuse was corroding democratic values in British politics and around the world, May said. She also has a swipe at Trump.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz reckons BHP’s bulging cash pile has nowhere else to go but in shareholders’ pockets.
    A panel hand-picked by the government has warned the National Archives may not survive unless its funding is nearly doubled and an extra 200 staff are hired.
    State and territory governments have presided over the loss of more than 20,000 public housing units in a decade, marking a “considerable change” as control over social housing is increasingly handed to non-profits.
    Theologian John Tait says that Israel Falau has been misquoting the bible.
    If you can’t afford to pay a nanny minimum wage, you can’t afford a nanny writes Polly Manning.
    John Crace says that Theresa May is now the embarrassing party guest who has outstayed her welcome.
    Boris Johnson could hide as a columnist and at City Hall. He can’t in No 10 says George Pitcher.
    The four congresswomen who came under attack by Trump are popular – as are their policies. That’s why he is terrified of them says Joshua Leifer in The Guardian.
    Bruce Wolpe writes that the past three days in US politics have been very difficult – and ugly.
    A Tasmanian family has been ordered to pay more than $2 million to the Australian Taxation Office after failing to pay income tax on the grounds it “goes against God’s will”. Effing idiots!
    Here’s today’s “Arsehole of the Week” nomination.

    Cartoon Corner

    David Rowe has been bust again!

    Alan Moir and #watergate.

    Andrew Dyson gets this one right.

    Matt Davidson thinks the RBA’s independence is under question.

    Lovely work from Cathy Wilcox.

    Also from Fiona Katauskas.

    From Matt Golding.

    Zanetti on Bob Brown’s recent appearance on the scene.

    Jon Kudelka and what APRA needs.

    From the US

  14. So when is he leaving?

  15. The new head of National Seniors, Ian Henschke, is making more of a splash for poor retirees than the previous head Everard Compton who was only concerned the the problems of well heeled tree changers


    Artificially high deeming rates
    Then complains about how few pensioners could receive the $1080
    Now highlighting the plight of older unemployed Australians forced to deplete their lifetime saving while waiting to access superannuation or Aged pension


    • 😆 The name was a bit of a hint ………

      Everard Compton who was only concerned the the problems of well heeled tree changers

  16. And don’t the Coalition supporters show this in spades.

    Life’s winners think success was earned even if it was down to luck

    In a simplified two-player version of the game known as “President” (or less politely, “Asshole”) winners were more likely than losers to credit their success to skill rather than luck – even though the game clearly involved little skill and when the odds were blatantly rigged in the winner’s favour.
    “It was absolutely obvious one of the players was playing with a huge advantage,” says Mauricio Bucca of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.


  17. Australian senator ‘being deported’ from Manus Island after visiting asylum seekers

    Greens Senator Nick McKim says he is being threatened with deportation from Papua New Guinea after trying to visit the asylum seeker facilities on Manus Island.

    Senator McKim tried to enter East Lorengau camp on Thursday but was denied and had his passport taken.
    “Many refugees … were expecting a different outcome in the election. They thought if the Labor government came to power they would activate the New Zealand arrangement and there would be opportunities for people to go to New Zealand,” he said.
    Labor had indicated if they won the election they would accept an offer to resettle refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres, which the Morrison government has opposed.

    “That removal of hope has been the final blow in terms of the mental health of so many refugees … It’s led to a great depression among the refugee community here and led to a significant spike in self-harm


  18. He should be sectioned

    Prime minister Scott Morrison says his government has no plans to raise Newstart beyond the usual indexation levels, while talking up national employment figures, declaring “how good are jobs”.

    The comments come as one of his backbenchers warn people will turn to crime if the welfare payment is not increased.

    While advocating for an increase in the payment for those in regional and rural communities, the former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce said it was a “reality of life” that those attempting to get by on Newstart would “grow dope” or steal in order to make ends meet.

    But Morrison ruled out any change beyond the six-monthly indexation change, which last added just 30 cents a day to the $275.10 a week base payment, increasing it by just over $2.

    “More importantly, for those who are on Newstart … well over 90%, about 99% per cent, of people who are on Newstart are actually on other forms of payments as well,” Morrison said.

    “It’s about getting people into jobs. The latest jobs figures show 20,000 additional full-time jobs. That’s good news, that’s great news, more jobs. How good are jobs.”

    The oft-repeated claim from government MPs that most people on Newstart also receive other government assistance is true, but in the vast majority of cases that payment works out to less than $10 a week.


    • The more I think about it, Ducky, the more convinced I am that being a Prosperity Pentacostalist should result in mandatory sectioning.

    • He’s never going to increase Newstart. I would not be surprised if he started cutting it.

      FauxMo’s cult teaches him those who are not doing well financially or are out of work are suffering because they are not praying enough and not tithing enough. It’s the basis of his daft “have a go to get a go” thinking.

      Everything he does is influenced by the teachings of his cult.

      I’m not making this up.

      Have a listen to today’s 7am podcast. It’s by Tanya Levin and covers much the same ground as her piece for last weekend’s The Saturday Paper, with some added bits.

      Understanding Scott Morrison’s Pentecostalism

      Scroll down for earlier episodes.

  19. Meet the woman who spent 22 months applying for the Disability Support Pension
    When Brianna Bell turned up at Centrelink with her wheelchair, assistance dog and carer, staff wondered how it was possible she was not yet receiving any payments.

    This is the result of years of making applications for DSP increasingly tough. The Gillard government really turned the screws.

    When I applied for DSP in 1995 it was easy. You filled in the form – only one – and took it to your doctor so he/she could complete their section. Then Centrelink made you an appointment with a local Commonwealth medical person. That was it.

    My application was processed and approved within a week. The Centrrelink staffer I spoke with told me not to worry if there was a delay in approving my application because Centrelink would not allow me to go without money. I’d be given a special benefit to tide me over. How very different to today’s deliberate delays, done in the name of saving money.

    Then came Howard and the demonisation started.

  20. Going nicely, Donald.

    Iranian state TV says Revolutionary Guards forces have seized a foreign tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil.

    Thursday’s report says the tanker was taking fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers and was intercepted south of Iran’s Larak Island in the strait of Hormuz, a vital route for oil shipping.

    The TV did not identify the tanker or say which country the crew were from, but said it was intercepted on Sunday.

    US officials have previously expressed suspicion that a Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Riah that stopped transmitting its location at the weekend had been seized in Iranian territorial waters.


  21. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    An angry Ben Schneiders says wage theft is a business model so let’s criminalise it!
    Some country towns police worker exploitation in a different way.
    The SMH editorial is concerned about the damaging effect that Trump’s racist outbursts are having on the cause for global democracy. And it says that if Morrison is asked, he must find a way to distance himself from Trump’s words, even if that spoils the mood for his trip to the US in September.
    Being a Trump ‘bestie’ comes with its own challenges for Scott Morrison, writes Michelle Grattan.
    David Crowe adds a bit of common sense to the franking credits issue.
    The AFR reveals that some former members of APRA’s governance, culture and remuneration team have said they were regularly undermined by senior executives who did not believe in their mission.
    Albanese has called on MPs to lift the standard of political discourse by not calling opponents liars. Does this mean we will see more of the words prevaricator, false witness, deceiver, dissimulator, romancer, maligner, deluder, trickster, cheat, misleader, falsifier, story-teller, equivocator, fibber, one who lies, fabricator, pseudologue, perjurer, fabulist, pseudologist?
    Phil Coorey comments on the rather deafening silence from politicians from both sides of the house.
    An Australian research team led by the renowned quantum physicist Prof Michelle Simmons has announced a major breakthrough in quantum computing, which researchers hope could lead to much greater computing power within a decade.
    Deborah Snow reports that Noel Pearson has welcomed a landmark speech by former Chief Justice of the High Court, Murray Gleeson, making a strong legal and ethical case for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice to be enshrined in the constitution.
    The state’s peak strata body organisation has warned that apartment owners will foot the bill for building defects unless the NSW government spends hundreds of millions to fix the “systemic crisis”.
    The ongoing drought through the Murray Darling Basin is now the worst on record according to the Bureau of Meteorology.
    Bloody hell! Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea together account for annual ice imports worth between $43 billion and $87 billion.
    Rob Harris writes that A $370 million plan to feed Victoria’s booming renewable sector into the national energy grid would deliver almost double the benefit.
    A trial of “world-first technology” that snapped photos of every driver who passed cameras on two Sydney roads, irrespective of whether they were in the wrong, has raised concerns from the state’s Privacy Commissioner, internal government documents show.
    Martin Hurst declares that Peter Dutton is a callous individual, even by Australian standards, and he has already pronounced himself judge, jury and executioner in the case of the two ABC reporters at the centre of recent federal police raids on their Sydney office.
    In the lead up to her meeting with Morrison Jacinda Ardern says Australia’s deportation laws are having a “corrosive effect” on the relationship between the two countries.
    The Conversation explains how one-third of all preschool centres could be without a trained teacher in four years if we do nothing.
    Michelle Pini writes that it appears foreign-owned mining giant Adani lied to ensure federal and state government approval for its Carmichael Mine.
    Analysis of McKinsey & Co contracts administered by Labor and LNP governments over the last 12 years shows cost blow-outs in eight out of 23 Coalition contracts compared with Labor’s two. The Coalition’s superior economic management narrative is taking quite a battering lately. Jommy Tee reports, aided by Ronni Salt.
    Stephen Bartholomeusz explores the vexed issue of NBN pricing for streaming.
    Data reveals the richest charities in Australia – and who gets the most government handouts.
    Potentially lethal caffeine-rich energy drinks have been banned for sale to children under 16 in the UK, after years of campaigning from health advocates, parents and teachers.
    Woolworths has announced the first three Big W stores that will close as part of the company’s plan to contain losses from the languishing retail chain.
    Cars, TVs and computer games are all cheaper than they were 20 years ago, but the cost of things Australians actually need have spiked to double and triple in the same time.
    Donald Trump and his press secretary were directly involved in discussions that led to an illegal hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election campaign, according to the FBI.
    And The Guardian editorialises that it has long been abundantly clear that Donald Trump has no respect for human rights. Now, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, wants to build a new intellectual framework to justify the administration’s rollback of human rights protections.

    Cartoon Corner

    Alan Moir with another cutting contribution.

    Out in the bush with David Rowe.

    Cathy Wilcox has been on a streak lately.

    From Matt Golding

    Simon Bosch and the two faces of Folau.

    Andrew Dyson and ugly America.

    Jim Pavlidis and some flammable issues for Morrison.

    Peter Broelman goes to Area 51.

    Jon Kudelka linked this one from the US.

    Kudelka on how to interpret our constitution.

    From the US

  22. From last night, about Albo’s bizarre demand about Labor politicians not referring to government lies and liars

    Mr Albanese’s office relayed the message to frontbenchers in recent weeks, telling advisors that attacks on the Morrison government should not include references to “lies” or “lying” because the Labor leader was uncomfortable with the aggressive nature of the accusations

    Boy has he misread Labor voters!

    We know the members of this government lie every time they speak. They are incapable of forming a single sentence without it containing at least one lie. Why shouldn’t Labor call them out on their blatant dishonesty?

    We want aggression from the opposition, we want fight, we want Labor to hold the government to account. We are not seeing that.

    When Shorten was leader the most frequent comment from Albo supporters was something about Labor needing an attack dog, which Shorten was not, according to his critics. Albo was seen as that attack dog. Instead he’s just a lapdog, a lapdog for the Liberal Party. So much for his often repeated “I fight Tories, that’s what I do” mantra. Turns out he just rolls over for a pat and a tummy tickle.

    I never thought Albo was leader material. It looks like I was right.

    Did you know that Albo travelled to Dubbo yesterday for the Daily Telegraph’s Bush Summit? You would never have known, because the media barely mentioned him. All the attention was on FauxMo and his idiotic promise to have a meeting to talk about chopping down more trees to support the timber industry and building huge pipelines from the Ord River to drought-affected NSW. It might be more sensible for this farce of a government to address climate change, but FauxMo prefers to pray for rain.

    Here’s a report for the Northern Daily Leader, the writer was clearly not impressed with the talk-fest.
    More talk, but where’s the action?

    Don’t you just love this comment –

    The Coalition has also established a $1.3 billion National Water Infrastructure Fund. Most of the $600m in uncommitted funds spent to date going towards studies.

    Like the government’s other high profile initiatives, until a new dam is actually built, the value of the venture is merely rhetorical

    The whole thing was planned to give the appearance the government is “doing something” to help regional Australians, but it was just a junket, a day out in Dubbo at our expense.

    Albo was allegedly there to “support farmers”, he made a speech which seemed more about infrastructure and railways than about helping fix the immediate problem of no water.

    Apparently he said more,

    Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the federal Labor Party would not play politics with regional and rural people and would support any cash drought funding the government put forward.

    Speaking at the 2019 Bush Summit, Mr Albanese said people were tired of conflict in politics and he aimed to be the Labor leader and “not the opposition leader.”


    How embarrassing! He wants to be “Labor leader and not the Opposition leader”. Well sorry Albo, but your official title is “Leader of the Opposition” and you need to remember that.

    He should have stayed away yesterday, should have held a presser to announce his thoughts on assisting farmers, should have been all over TV and radio talking up the government’s useless talk but no action. Instead he meekly trotted after the (mostly) boys and sat in the audience listening to their blather. He should be ashamed of himself, and he should sack whatever fools are advising him on strategy and pick a new, aggressive team..

    All those country types he chatted up will keep on voting National, it’s what they do, always. He’s never going to win them over to Labor, especially not if he keeps on insisting Labor acts like Liberal Lite and keeps on trotting after the blue-tie boys. He’s just going to reinforce the media opinion that both sides are exactly the same so we might as well re-elect the government we have.

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